SIM registration finally passes 50% mark with over 87.4 million SIMs

NTC reports that 87,442,982 SIMs have registered as of April 24, 2023.
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The number of registered SIM cards has finally breached the 50 percent mark. It was announced that the SIM registration deadline was extended for another 90 days.

According to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), 87,442,982 SIMs have registered as of April 24, 2023, or approximately 52.04 percent of the total 168,977,773 subscribers nationwide. Smart has registered 62.77 percent of its subscribers. Meanwhile, Globe has 45.99 percent, and DITO with 39.62 percent.

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla announced on Tuesday that the SIM registration deadline has been extended for another 90 days, or until July 25, 2023. However, those who have not yet registered their SIMs after the original April 26 deadline will have limited access to some SIM services.

One such service affected will be social media, where Remulla said that there will be a “social media unavailability” for those who do not register in the next 90 days.

If you have not yet registered your SIM card, you can do so through these official links:

Unregistered SIM cards after the deadline will be deactivated. This will render them useless, as you will be unable to make voice calls, send text messages, or use other mobile data services. It will also affect all digital services that rely on a SIM card, including e-wallets like GCash and Maya, social media accounts, and banking accounts. Here’s a rundown of what happens if you fail to register your SIM card.

For details on how to register your SIM cards, you can read our post here. Check out our SIM Registration process comparison between Smart and Globe to give you an idea of what the telcos are doing to boost registrants.

Bryan is a tech enthusiast and self-admitted geek who enjoys writing about tech and watching clips on YouTube. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations from different industries such as telecommunications and banking.

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